Stories of the Century

(ended 1955)



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Jim Davis ("Dallas") starred as "railroad detective" Matt Clark in this 30-minute 1954 western series. Matt Clark's partner was a sexy, feisty, competitive young woman played by Mary Castle. Matt Clark eventually got a new partner played by Kristine Miller. A female lead in an action show was never done, and it was intriguing and fun. Its surprising no show followed this innovative precedent of a male and female duo as leads. Each episode focused on a different real life western desperado such as Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and Belle Starr. Some young actors on the way up appeared as guest stars including Richard Jaeckal, Stuart Whitman, and Fess Parker. Jim Davis' character narrated each episode.
Mary Castle

Mary Castle

Frankie Adams, Railroad Detective

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Matt Clark, Railroad Detective

Kristine Miller

Kristine Miller

Margaret "Jonesy" Jones, Railroad Detective (1-2-55)

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  • Matt Clark -- Railroad Detective

    This was an action-packed syndicated television western from 1954. Matt Clark and his female assistant Frankie Adams (later replaced by Jonesy Jones), protected the Southwestern Railroad from the bad guys. And these weren't your garden-variety evildoers, either! Matt and Frankie crossed paths with such notables as Frank & Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Crazy Horse, John Wesley Hardin, and Black Jack Ketchum. The show played fast and loose with history and sometimes it seemed that our intrepid detectives must have had a time machine, but these are minor quibbles. It's fun to spot such veteran western actors as Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, and Slim Pickens in early roles.

    Since there wasn't much competition back then, "Stories of the Century" actually won an Emmy Award for best western or adventure series (1954).moreless

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